By Doug Gorman
The Eagle's Landing Christian Academy softball team isn't ready to declare itself Region 5-A champions just yet.
With five games remaining in the season, there's still plenty of things that could happen.
Tuesday afternoon, however, the Lady Chargers took a commanding two-game lead in the region standings with a 10-1 victory over Mt. Zion of Carroll County, and put itself in position to win its first ever Georgia High School Athletic Association region title.
"We are happy to win," said ELCA coach Joe Shadowens. "It's always good to come away with a victory even when you don't play your best."
With the victory, ELCA moved to 7-0 in the region, while Mt. Zion went back to west Georgia with a 5-2 region record. Both of Mt. Zion's losses have come against ELCA as earlier in the season the Lady Chargers beat Mt. Zion 3-1 in nine innings.
"We know we can't celebrate yet," said Shadowens. "There's still too much softball yet to be played. There could be some sleepers in our region. We have to get back to work on Thursday against Whitefield Academy."
The Lady Chargers then play St. Francis, Galloway and Landmark. All four games are on the road.
"We just can't peak too soon," said Shadowens. "We know we still have to get better and keep playing hard."
Unlike the season's first meeting between the two schools, Tuesday's rematch wasn't close.
After spotting the Lady Eagles a 1-0 lead in the top of the first, the Lady Chargers scored the tying run in the bottom half of the inning.
The game stayed tied until the fourth inning when Marissa Martin came through with the game-winning two-run double to give the Lady Chargers a 3-1 lead.
A seven-run explosion by the Lady Chargers in the bottom of the fifth inning put the game out of reach and helped ELCA move to 9-2 overall.
Freshmen pitcher Hope Rush helped lead her team to the victory with a strong pitching performance. Rush allowed just three hits, and struckout seven en route to the win. Offensively, she also helped her own cause with a 2-for-4 performance with two RBIs.
Lead-off hitter Kayla Cooper had three hits and also drove in two runs. Cooper also threw out a base runner from her catcher's position.
"We have a lot of respect for the Mt. Zion team," said Shadowens. "Coach (Millie) Grimes does a great job with her team, and we know we might just see them again.
From Staff Reports
Jonesboro 11, Cedar Grove 0: The Lady Cardinals improved to 8-0 in t` Region 5-AAAA action in a game called after five innings.
Heather Lowry struckout 15 batters and had three RBIs
Donisha Harrison and Megan Baity each had RBIs for the Lady Cardinals.
The Jonesboro High School volleyball team improved to 18--0 on the season Tuesday with a sweep against Southwest Dekalb (25-9, 25-16) and Cedar Grove (25-12 and 25-4.)
With the wins, the Lady Cardinals improved to 18-0 overall.
They return to action Thursday at Eagle's Landing Christian Academy in McDonough.
The Lady Cardinals will host the annual county tournament starting Saturday morning.